July 12, 2011 Part two of SPIN & W Hotels Festival Style series kicked off this Tuesday, this time showcasing SPINs best backstage portraits from Bonnaroo. The walls of the W Times Squares Living Room were adorned with shots by photographer Aaron Richter, curated by SPIN deputy photo editor Jennifer Edmondson.
Florence Welch, John Waters, JEFF the Brotherhood, and Sleigh Bells were among the featured artists, captured during their time backstage and behind the scenes at the notoriously steamy Tennessee festival.
Leany Bean of Neon Indian served up tunes as the nights guest DJ while the bartenders kept guests cool with complimentary cocktails courtesy of our friends at Russian Standard Vodka.
Halfway through Ruban Nielson’s explorative third LP, Multi-Love, the bipolar “Extreme Wealth and Casual Cruelty” fractures momentarily into reverberating shards, creaking like a bridge collapsing as a murky guitar yowls in the background. Coming so soon after a silky smooth, Steely Dan-referencing guitar solo courtesy of his equally musical father Chris Nielson, it’s a tonally… More »